Atmospheric Physics Research 


Modes of Research  used by the Atmospheric Physics Group.

To study electricity in thunderstorms we launch instrumented balloons into storms.
We acquire electric field and thermodynamic data from the two main balloon-borne instruments, the electric field meter and the radiosonde, which are shown in the diagram above (left).  The electric field meters (above right) are constructed in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Mississippi.
   Charge Structure in the Convective Region of a Thundercloud
Conceptual model of basic charge structure in convection

The figure above is from "Electrical structure in thunderstorm convective regions,
 3. Synthesis" (by Stolzenburg, Marshall, and Rust; published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. D103, 1998, pp. 14097-14108).

It is based on our charge analyses of 49 soundings through thunderstorms.

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